Incumbent Easter Faces Law Enforcement Veteran In Race For Sedgwick County Sheriff
Two native Wichitans are running for Sedgwick County sheriff.
Jefrey Weinman is a retired Wichita police officer who served 19-and-a-half years on the force. He has been volunteering with outreach agencies and helping former inmates in recent years.
Weinman says his plan includes bringing in a faith-based panel to assist the sheriff's office and "show the community when they stand with us that everything is being done to bring accountability, to bring truthfulness, fairness and justice to everything that goes on in the sheriff’s office."
Incumbent Jeff Easter moved up the ranks as police officer before serving as sheriff for the last four years.
"When I came into the sheriff’s office there was a lot of issues within the jail, there was a lot of issues with accountability and there was a lot of issues with transparency," he says. "I’ve addressed all three of those issues since I’ve been there. We hold individuals accountable for their actions."
Both candidates say they would like to work to see more programs develop to help decrease recidivism in the jail system.